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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JULY 15, 2013 5:00 AM

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No need for affirmative action

The purpose of affirmative action in the United States was to create government programs to overcome the effects of past societal discrimination by allocating jobs and resources to members of specific groups, such as minorities and women. There is no question that past societal discrimination occurred in the United States and perhaps the only appropriate remedy (at the time) was affirmative action.

However, I believe this policy has outlived its purpose. Anywhere you look in the United States, minorities are well-represented. Besides, there is a limit to punishing people for the sins of their forefathers. It is unfair to award preference based on race when all other qualifications are equal.

This not only undermines the means to determining the best candidates but also serves to delegitimize the accomplishments of someone who was given preference based on race. Those opposed to affirmative action look to the 14th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States
I believe the minorities of this country have been given enough time to allow for the “cream to rise to the top” and now must take their equal position along side of the majority. The time is long overdue to stop rewarding underachieving individuals because of their race and start rewarding overachieving individuals because of their accomplishments.

To do otherwise, would mean denying the very principles set forth in the 14th Amendment.

Joe Bialek
Cleveland

21-only can be idiotic

The ordinance banning people under 21 in bars has until recently not concerned me much. I find the presence of immature drunken young adults very annoying and would happily call the cops on them if they bothered me. I recently hosted some friends from a foreign country who were under 21. They arrived late, and I was surprised to learn that after 10 p.m., they cannot eat at Shakespeare's or 2 Dogs Pub. Both have a very family friendly restaurant atmosphere. This is idiotic, and the city needs to smarten up. I think people under 21 shouldn’t go to most of the bars downtown, but come on — expand the exceptions for the restaurants and make them affordable for the owners. The city has lost sales tax on a party of five enjoying burgers and fries.

Matthew Colson


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